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      Nora

      2000, Drama, 1h 46m

      11 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      It is love at first sight when raffish young writer James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) meets the simple barmaid Nora Barnacle (Susan Lynch) for the first time. The couple leave Ireland and set up home in Trieste where their passionate and tempestuous life together begins. Joyce is tormented by a fear that his work will never be published, but, Nora's simplicity and humor anchor his instability and the couple's relationship is bonded by a direct, deep sexual love.

      • Rating: R (Some Strong Sexuality|Related Dialogue)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English (United Kingdom)

      • Director: Pat Murphy

      • Producer: Bradley Adams, Damon Bryant, Tracey Seaward

      • Writer: Brenda Maddox, Pat Murphy, Gerard Stembridge

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $12.3K

      • Runtime:

      • Production Co: Natural Nylon Entertainment

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Ewan McGregor
      Susan Lynch
      Peter McDonald
      Roberto Citran
      Andrew Scott
      Vinnie McCabe
      Veronica Duffy
      Guy Collins
      James Flynn
      Ewan McGregor
      Stanislas Syrewicz
      Pia Di Ciaula
      Alan MacDonald
      Consolata Boyle
      Andrea Borella
      Beatruce Arweiler
      Maurizio Pigna

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      • Jun 13, 2013

        James Joyce and Nora Barnacle fall in love, but societal pressures and sexual obsession complicate their relationship. When I write the one-sentence plot summary in my reviews, I try to find the central conflict; however, finding the central conflict, what keeps this film interesting, is remarkably difficult, and I had difficulty putting my finger on what keeps these lovers apart. At times it is societal pressures about sex and sexuality, and at times the film focuses on Joyce's jealousy, his feeling that it is impossible to truly know Nora sexually. What's worse is that by the end of the film, I didn't see the central conflicts coming to any kind of resolution. What adjustments do these characters make in order to function together? What should we learn from this story? I think the reason I enjoyed this film a little bit is the insight into Joyce's work. We see scenes that are reminiscent of "The Dead," "Araby," and <i>Ulysses</i>. I didn't know that Nora was the inspiration for each of these works, so I guess I learned something. Overall, this isn't a complete film because the conflict isn't resolved and I think one needs to be intimately familiar with Joyce's writing in order to understand it.

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      • Mar 19, 2011

        I'm giving this only two stars: One for Ewan McGregor, and one for James Joyce. Unless you are obsessed with the careers of either one, there is absolutely no reason to watch this movie. McGregor does his best to lend his shining talent to this turd. I've seen better production value on the Lifetime network or PBS. Completly boring. I might as well have listened to an Audio Book of Joyce's biography.

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      • Feb 20, 2007

        Boring, not the kind of movie I would have chosen to watch but I like Ewan McGregor.

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